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Book Review: Fateful (Book One) by Cherri Schmidt – Guest Reviewer!

Review provided by Jeannette of Walking On Bookshelves!
Fateful (Fateful, #1)
A huge fan of Jane Austen, Danielle hopes to find her own Mr. Darcy when she leaves Colorado to attend art school in London. Of course she knows it’s silly to wish for that, naive even. But she’s met enough males who lacked respect for women, a growing trend it seemed. And at nineteen…well…. However, on only her second night there she gets lost and is threatened by a stalker who proves to be immune to her martial arts training. Before she is completely overpowered, she is then saved by Ethan Deveroux.
While Danielle does find the romance she seeks in Ethan, he’s no Mr. Darcy. Her hero is held by a spell which fractures their chance at a happy ending. During the day Ethan is closer to mortal than immortal and can date her like any other man. Yet, as the sun sets, the powerful magic of an ancient curse returns and the evil of that spell is revealed. When that magic begins, Danielle’s fairytale romance ends because Ethan Deveroux is a vampire.
Rating: 3/5
Where to begin…?  Well, let’s start with the MC Danielle.  I didn’t really care for her.  She was insecure to a point that I think she needed therapy.  For a girl who has a black belt in martial arts she needed a good dose of attitude to go with it.  She often came off as a helpless, pouty child.  The only time we get to see her with any fight at all is towards the end of the book.  Once the climax was over, so was her bravery.  She was like Bella in Twilight, but the watered down version.  Now on to Ethan.  I found him rather boring.  He wasn’t really consistent either.  First he wants to protect Danielle from his evil dark magic then he wants to take her to a ball, at night, when his & several others’ dark magic is in full force!  He’s so concerned with being proper, but he likes to get her drunk on his magical breath.  Um, weird.  The character I liked the most was Max.  He flirted with Danielle and that is so much more entertaining than being instantly worshiped.
The climax of the book was really good.  This is where Schmidt showed us some great writing.  My heart was actually pounding.  It’s because of that, I will read the next book in this series.  I would  really love to see a whole book just about Max!  Oh, one last tid bit that annoyed me was the whole lidded eye thing.  All I could picture were all these people talking to Danielle looking kind of stoned because they had to look at her through barely open eye lids due to the effect their eyes had on humans.
So, if you fall into the category of Twilight haters (I don’t judge), I don’t recommend this book.  But I do recommend it as a series to keep watch on.  I think it will improve.
Review provided by Jeannette of Walking On Bookshelves!